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Friend: Salam Dr Mazlyn. If you are free, minta bantuan mcm mana jalannye (I would like to ask your advice) if I wanted to proceed studying dlm esthetic (in aesthetic medicine). I have no idea at all. Whether straight take the course or need to study basic science again .Thank you.
Me: Wsalam. Aesthetic yang nak bagi cantik tu ke? (Clarifying, you mean aesthetic medicine,… the branch which involves beautification?)
Friend: A ah doktor..(Yes).
Mereka kate course mahal n at oversea (They say the course is expensive overseas).
Hari ni bace harian metro ade doktor yg proceed dgn basic science dulu (Today I read in Harian Metro Newspaper, there was a doctor who proceed by doing basic sciences first).
Sbb i tak nak buang mase study yg x perlu (Because I do not want to waste time doing what is not necessary).
Me: Sorry no idea.
I’m not comfortable with (muslims involving in) aesthetics because its haram, a lot of it, if not most.
Why not do plastic surgery? (My husband is a plastic surgeon and ironically, he has been invited to teach aesthetics, which he has declined for the same reason/s mentioned above).
ok gtg. salam
Friend: Owh..cuz i tgk dr X (from X esthetic) and dr Y involved dlm bidang ni. anyway tq.wsalam..
For the record: I have no problem with non-muslim friends involving in aesthetics, but I’d like to hear everyone’s opinion on this.See More
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  • Azlindarita Aisyah Mohd Abdullah You just gained my respect up one notch! Well done. Al haramul bayyin, Al halalul bayyin. Yg haram itu jelas & yg halal itu jelas (al-hadith)
  • Mazlyn Mustapha I do not post for respect, same like you, I post to educate 😉
  • StanisLasz Martinz Hi dr Mazlyn Mustapha can i know why its haram?m curious to and as for GK,tq
  • Mazlyn Mustapha Thanks for asking StanisLasz Martinz. I’m going to tag some of my friends, I think they are more knowledgeable and can answer better. Zaszima Abu-Samah, Norhafsah Hamid, Fahisham Taib
  • Nurman Yaman explaination by UKM Lecturer:


  • Mazlyn Mustapha Thank you Nurman, is there a good website in English that you can share?
  • Nurman Yaman Main references: The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam by Yusuf al-Qaradawi http://www.2muslims.com/directory/Detailed/226100.shtml

    Going to Extremes in Beautification by Changing What Allah Created

    Islam denounces such excesses in beautifying oneself as require altering one’s physical features as Allah created them. The Qur’an considers such alterations as inspired by Satan, who …will command them (his devotees) to change what Allah has created… (4:119)

    The Prohibition of Tattooing, Cutting the Teeth, and Undergoing Surgery for Beautification

    Among such excesses are tattooing and shortening the teeth. (A beautification practice of the pre-IslaArabs. (Trans.)) The Messenger of Allah (peace beon him) cursed the tattooer and the one who is tattooed, the shortener of teeth and the one whose teeth are shortened. (Reported by Muslim.)

    As far as tattooing is concerned, it permanently disfigures the face and other parts of the body with blue pigment and repulsive designs. Some Arabs, especially women, were in the habit of tattooing large portions of their bodies, while people of certain religious sects tattooed pictures of their deities or religious rituals on their hands and chests. To all these abominations is added the pain and agony which the person being tattooed must undergo from the pricking of the needles. Because all of this, both the tattooer and the one who is tattooed have been cursed.

    As for cutting or shortening the teeth, the Prophet (peace be on him) cursed both the men and the women who do it and the women who request it. If a man does it, he merits an even greater curse. Similarly, the Prophet (peace be on him) prohibited widening the spaces between the teeth, and he cursed …Women who widen the gaps between their own or others’ teeth for the sake of beauty, changing what Allah has created.

    Now, Allah obviously created some women with gaps between their teeth and others without. Some women who have no such gaps desire to create them artificially, either by filing or by cutting away parts of the adjoining teeth. Islam considers this a form of deception and excessive involvement with personal beauty, both of which it discourages.

    From these ahadith of the Prophet (peace be on him), we also know the ruling of the Islamic Shari’ah concerning plastic surgery. Surgeries for beautification are in vogue today as the result of the materialistic outlook of Western civilization, a civilization stressing the body and its desires. Men and women spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to reshape their noses or breasts, or whatever they consider misshapen. This behavior most certainly belongs in the category of excessive beautification, unnecessarily changing what Allah has created, and it merits the curse of Allah and His Prophet (peace be on him). It likewise involves torture, pain, and waste of money merely for the sake of one’s appearance; it is, moreover, an expression of an individual’s preoccupation with form rather than substance, with body rather than with spirit.
    It may happen that a person has an unusual physical defect which attracts the attention of others to the point of inflicting physical and psychological pain every time he meets people. In this case, he may treat the defect and thus alleviate the embarrassment which made his life miserable. Allah the Most Merciful has imposed no hardship on us in religion…. (Al Bahee al-Khooly, Al Mar’ah Bain al-Bait wal-Mujtama’, 2nd edition, p. 105.)

    This statement is perhaps supported by the hadith concerning widening the gap between the teeth for the sake of beautification, for what is disapproved here is doing this merely for the sake of achieving good looks and artificial beauty. However, if it is needed to eliminate pain or distress, there is nothing wrong with it; but Allah knows best.


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  • Nurman Yaman Another one:



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  • Norhafsah Hamid From Islamic point of view, any surgery to alter any part of the body, purely for beautification is prohibit or Haram. It is only allowed if there is a necessity for it eg corrective surgery after an accident. Reasons being, we should be thankful and grateful for what God has bestowed upon us. Since our bodies belongs to Him, only He ha the right to alter it. Wallahualam.
  • Rida Baharudin Oh…..all this while I thought aesthetic just ‘polishing’ and cosmetics/plastic surgery is to ‘alter’. Thank for the info Dr 🙂
  • Mazlyn Mustapha Rida Baharudin: Aesthetics is haram for example injecting fillers because it is purely to improve appearance with no actual medical need. Plastic surgery depends, if it is done for medical purposes example cleft palate and lip repair, it is allowed in Islam. If purely for cosmetic reasons with no medical need, for example breast augmentation, then it is haram. Cosmetic surgery is a subset of plastic surgery which legally can only be done by qualified surgeon (plastic surgeon with interest in cosmetics usually). Hope this helps. Not all plastic surgery is haram, most of what is reconstructive for example reconstructing breast after it is removed for cancer, transplanting skin in burns patient and reconnecting severed limbs in accident patients, those are examples of reconstructive and plastic surgery which is allowed in Islam because there is a medical need for it, not purely for cosmetic/aesthetic reason. Hope this is clear. I would also add that in Malaysia there are many non-qualified and inadequately trained doctors doing aesthetic/plastic/cosmetic surgery giving rise to risk and potential harm in patients, please chose your doctor wisely for those non-muslims/muslims with genuine need.
  • Zuraizi Jaafar Alhamdulillah .. Thanks n well done
  • Ben Sharif There are interpretations and there are interpretations and funny enough we can always find justifications for whatever interpretations we are inclined towards. Especially the often quoted dogma of what God has given/created we cannot/shouldnt change as God has perfected what he has given EXCEPT (there is always an except…  Isnt it?) cleft palate (to quote one example.. And there are many) because it seemed, in this case God must have made a mistake otherwise why would we want to change something perfect that god had given us?  The mind boggles.